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Poster: tree-ap Date: Aug 14, 2007 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: what did you do for tour cash?

I've mentioned a few times about selling "really fuckin' good cookies" @ RFK, MSG, Phili, Dean Smith Center, Buckeye Lake. One weekend @ RFK I went home with $500--and that was after parking fees, food for 7 of us, mushrooms for all (my now lawyer bro-in-law was trippin in the shade under a tree & said "this is the closest you can come to a 2 week vacation in 4-5 hours."), weed for all, a couple tie-dyes, etc. What did you sell? Shirts? Stickers? Weed, mushrooms and/or acid? Grilled cheese?

Anyone remember Burrito-bago? Big f'n burritos for $4-$5? They had t-shirts as well with a dancing chili pepper if I recall correctly.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Aug 14, 2007 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what did you do for tour cash?

sold icy icy coooooold imports.never got rich off it but it paid for camping,food and folks always traded doses,shirts,stickers,song books etc...with us for a few cold beers.also sold day glo painted rocks after the shows sometimes.we used to grab cool looking rocks from the camp ground and spray paint them with day glo.we let them sit out all day in the sun and then flash them to bug eyed folks on shakedown street after the show.sold 25 painted rocks one night at 5 dollars a rock :) also sold black beans and rice in chicago at two bucks a bowl.it went quick,but cooking in the lot was a pain.anybody remember the falafel brothers??use to live on those.good times.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Aug 14, 2007 4:04pm
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I plead the fifth!!!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 14, 2007 4:11pm
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I killed a man in reno just to watch him die....

whoops, wrong thread.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 14, 2007 4:19pm
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never had to bother - boat load of cash - sorry - airline tix and all

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Poster: airgarcia416 Date: Aug 14, 2007 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what did you do for tour cash?

Would buy certain controlled substances in large quantities at the shows and when the tour was over would take those lovely substances back home/college and take a tour of where all his friends or their friends went to school and make enough money to put aside for the next tour. Also had a good customer base for other green products when not on tour that would propel me through the tour.

Sold imports in the lot for some spare cash and it was always a great way to meet people. Never did business with the general public (maybe some bartering), tried it on one tour and it was way to stressful.

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Poster: Ssag Date: Aug 15, 2007 12:35am
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Depends on the years but eventually I made to one of the greedy jack asses on Shakedown but the monies made was always well spent. At the time I had no problem with being on Shakedown as a vendor but looking back I see what a problem it caused for everyone, mostly the band themselves. We just became too big and Shakedown was part of the problem not the solution. Thankfully I was never greedy enough to sell N20. Those people really made the scene one ugly place.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Aug 15, 2007 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what did you do for tour cash?

As far as other activities, we used to buy a number of cases of Budweiser at local stores before the show, put them in a cooler, and sell them right outside the gate as the parched, tired crowd came out. Looking back, it might not have been such a good idea, DUI and all, but we were young, and it helped get us from show to show.

- Purple Gel

So! You are the one we saw buying a shit load of beer a few blocks away from the Shoreline Ampitheatre. The ice chest was full, and you guys set up your bar in the back of the parking lot. Those beers sold for something like 3 bucks each if I remember right. Somebody did the same thing at other northern California venues too.

Uh, tickets cost between $3.50 and $10 back then. I usually rode the subway--50 cents.

- ghostofpig

That's nothing. BGP was charging as little as $2.00 for tickets; when the original Fillmore auditorium opened in 1965. I remember hearing ads for concerts on KMPX and KSAN. No BART trains that long ago; but they were a good thing in the 80s and 90s. We would park the cars in their Fremont lot and catch a train ride to the Oakland Coliseum or the Greek Theatre in Berkeley...


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Poster: northstar dead Date: Aug 15, 2007 8:18am
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Grilled cheese, with tomato if we had enough $. Did well with the cheese.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Aug 15, 2007 8:27am
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One of my friends suggested that I also sell pints of cold milk with the cookies I used to hawk. Who knows, I might have more than doubled my sales had I done that.

I think I remember buying and/or trading cookies for grilled cheese w/tomato---maybe it was you?

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Aug 15, 2007 10:36am
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Could have been me. Do you remember the Groovy Garlic Bread dude?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Aug 15, 2007 9:28am
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I guess at one point or another I sold everything from A--d to Grilled cheeses. I would usually bring whatever cash I had and start wheeling and dealing with some friends at the first show and from that would invest in whatever was predicted would sell at the next show. Ice cold Imports was probably the easiest and safest bet but there was always this tendency to drink the profits away so it often didn't work out so well. I also had a friend who was the big stir fry dude for a while. He would pay me 25 bucks just to come scoop rice for him after the shows. Was the perfect job for my dripping mental state after many a show I must say.
Cool subject, got me remembering a bunch a fun weirdness with this one.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Aug 15, 2007 10:01am
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Several have said it was a great way to meet the masses. I even had a fine sister offer to flash me for several seconds for a couple of cookies---I COULD NOT say no. I handed over the cookies with a smile;)

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 15, 2007 10:13am
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Melons for cookies.....good deal for all involved.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 14, 2007 1:56pm
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While I realize the Statute Of Limitations is expired on any things I may or May not have sold..... I will not admit selling any illegal substance. Suffice it to say that for a few years in the early 80's at shows west of the Mississippi, people would look for me wearing a blue Guatemalan poncho and an Orange Bandana.

As far as other activities, we used to buy a number of cases of Budweiser at local stores before the show, put them in a cooler, and sell them right outside the gate as the parched, tired crowd came out. Looking back, it might not have been such a good idea, DUI and all, but we were young, and it helped get us from show to show.

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Poster: sel2ims Date: Aug 15, 2007 6:04am
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TOO FUNNY, knew this dude that would go on tour hitching with a 1/2 lb of weed, sell it @ the on-ramps in 1/4 ozs. He was pretty well known. He also traded 1/4 lbs for doses, 500 hits a quarter. He said he did mind hitching with weed, but hitching with vials was a bit scary.

We would take over a vacant parking lot, put up are own sign, and charge to park. The funny part was running into some of the folks inside.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 14, 2007 4:25pm
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Uh, tickets cost between $3.50 and $10 back then. I usually rode the subway--50 cents.

Hey:

Two tickets: 12 dollars
4 subway tokens: 2 dollars
Bag of weed: 10 dollars

Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East: priceless

For everything else, it doesn't matter!

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Poster: sparky999255 Date: Aug 14, 2007 5:08pm
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I sold fake tickets & bunk doses. When I ran out of those, I'd get a few people together and roll some dirty hippie for whatever they had.

(just kidding)

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 14, 2007 6:03pm
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So that was you, huh? You bastard!

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 14, 2007 1:52pm
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I had a friend who owned a GD merchandise company. Back when direct mail and catalogues were the medium.

He used to set us up w/ sticker display boards and file boxes full of cool stickers. Also, he'd give us the flawed shirts and we'd make tye-dye..........

In the Bay Area, business was always poor, because Berekley and SF had great headshops....so locals already had their swag. BUT, Arizona and Oregon were BIG money makers. We'd pay for tix, drugs, gas and lodging....and still take home some profit!

Although, the stuff I traded for like a granite-carved mushroom-shaped pipe, some dyed pants and other crap like crystals......are the items that have lasted and mean more than the $$ ever did.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Aug 15, 2007 6:15am
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Yea, the crystals & shirts are things I still have as well. Even a few onesies we bought for our son are packed away in boxes. One shirt I don't have anymore was this great shirt that said "LESH" on the front of it as if it was a beer ad. On the back it said "Bass Great, Lesh Philling". My wife was wearing it when she rear-ended a car on the hwy & they cut it off of her at the hospital. Eventhough she'd been in an accident I HAD to give her shit about my shirt which I knew I'd never find another like it. I at least waited until she was good and doped up to bust her on the loss of it.